It was a do-it-all type of late afternoon for Padres starter Drew Pomeranz. Not only did the lefty quiet the Reds for seven innings on the mound, but his time at the plate netted a home run and RBI single during a 3-0 victory on Saturday at Great American Ball Park.
Pomeranz, who gave up three hits and one walk while striking out six, retired the final 11 batters he faced after giving up back-to-back hits to begin the bottom of the fourth.
"He was great, threw the ball really well," Padres manager Andy Green said. "[Zack] Cozart battled him really hard that first at-bat of the game, it was in a 10-pitch strikeout. Then he really settled in after that."
For the Reds, it was their fourth straight loss and sixth in their last seven games. Left-handerBrandon Finnegan was solid, allowing three earned runs and five hits over 6 2/3 innings with three walks and eight strikeouts.
The Padres took a 1-0 first-inning lead when Travis Jankowski started the game with a double to left field and scored on Matt Kemp's RBI groundout to third base with one out. It appeared third baseman Eugenio Suarez may have had a play at the plate, but he threw to first base to retire Kemp instead. Pomeranz took it from there and never looked back, as a sellout crowd of 40,871 fans turned out to see Pete Rose get inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame.
"In order for that play to happen, the ball's going to have to be hit harder and it's going to have to be one of those line drives where there's indecision by the baserunner," Price said. "I think he made the right play. I know the fans didn't like it, but in that situation if he throws and we don't get the out, we just played right into what we wanted to avoid -- potentially a big inning or a high pitch count in the first inning."
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"I kind of surprised myself," Pomeranz said. "Initially thought that I'd popped out to right, but then I realized that I caught it on the barrel, so I knew it was going to keep going a little bit. Especially this [park], the ball flies here. That definitely helps out."
Critical caught stealing: The Reds were down, 1-0, when Brandon Phillips led off with a double in the fourth inning. With Jay Bruce at the plate with no one out, Phillips attempted to steal third base and was easily thrown out by Padres catcher Derek Norris. Bruce followed up with a single through a shift into right-center field that would have likely scored Phillips from second base.
"Yeah, I'm happy that he tried," Pomeranz said. "That changes the game a little bit, because the next guy got a hit. He would've scored easily. Thank you for stealing, I guess."
"He's been very effective at stealing third base the last couple of years. I didn't think he got a great jump right there," Price said.
No Jay, no problem: The Padres have been without center fielder Jon Jay for five games now, after he was hit by a pitch on June 19. Playing in his place, Jankowski led off the game with a double on the second pitch and came around to score the game's first run, finishing 1-for-3 with two walks and a stolen base.
Nailed at the plate: Bruce contributed to reliever Ross Ohlendorf's bases-loaded jam in the eighth when he dropped Melvin Upton Jr.'s routine fly ball to right field with a runner on first base. After a shaded-in Phillips made a nice stop of Alexei Ramirez's liner to second base,Adam Rosales flied out to right field. Alexi Amarista tried to tag and score but was retired on a perfect throw from Bruce and tag by catcher Ramon Cabrera.
WHAT'S NEXT Padres: The Padres are aiming for the sweep in game four against the Reds on Sunday at 10:10 a.m. PT. Luis Perdomo (2-2, 9.00 ERA) takes the ball for San Diego, as he looks to improve upon his 8.81 ERA through his first four starts of the season.
Reds: To wrap up the series at 1:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, the Reds will give the ball toAnthony DeSclafani, who turned in a nice seven-inning start, allowing two runs, at Texas on Tuesday. Before the game, Cincinnati will retire Pete Rose's No. 14.